Module code: ENGM276

Module Overview

The module is intended to provide a bridge between the research activities of CPE academics and the contents of the MEng programme in Chemical Engineering by providing students with an opportunity for independent research-based learning through individual projects. Advanced training is also provided on academic conferencing and publication skills, such as networking, research abstract / paper writing and presentation skills.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

CAMPBELL Alasdair (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H810

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 7 of the degree courses in Chemical Engineering. Prior completion of ENGM275.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

General Research Work:

  • Experimental, simulation or data-analysis work

  • Results / data preparation and interpretation

  • Research paper preparation

  • Oral presentation preparation and delivery

Workshop Support:

  • Publication processes

  • Journal selection: Impact Factor, Eigenfactor

  • Research paper writing: paper design; tense, voice and person; common errors / good practice; writing process and tips; conference and journal paper abstracts

  • Academic conferencing: conference process; preparation and motivation; paper title and abstract considerations; presentation design and delivery; networking; stress management.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) RESEARCH PAPER 75
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) PROJECT PERFORMANCE 10
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATIONS 15

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though a range of deliverables relevant to real (professional) research work.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework 1 (Research Paper) – 75% (LO1 – LO5)

·         Coursework 2 (Project Performance) – 10%, e.g. engagement, independence, creativity and safety will be assessed                (LO1 – LO6)

·         Coursework 3 (Presentations) – 15%, this will consist of individual presentations (7.5%) and a group poster presentation and defence (7.5%) (LO6, LO2 – LO4)

Formative assessment

·         None


  • Weekly verbal feedback during supervisor meetings (LO1 – LO6)

  • Written feedback on Coursework 1-3 (LO1 – LO6) 

Module aims

  • Develop comprehensive independent learning skills through a research project.
  • Prepare students for further professional research training through, e.g., doctoral programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate familiarity with the major stages of planning, executing and reporting a research project. CPT
2 Effectively search, interpret and critique technical literature. KCPT
3 Design a practical, numerical or other evidence-based tests of a theory. KCPT
4 Evaluate experimental or simulation results in the context of known theory and / or scientific conjecture KC
5 Write a journal article of an appropriate (early-career researcher) standard. CPT
6 Present and defend research work to an academic audience. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Study Hours: 430

Seminar Hours: 14

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Facilitate independent and curiosity learning through the careful supervision of research work that is further supported by generic skills-based workshops.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Supervisor meetings        14 hours distributed over 15 weeks (students are to keep a formal record of discussion and action points for each meeting)

  • Workshops                       3 two-hour workshops

  • Independent learning      ~33 hours per week for 13 weeks (average), including the regular update of a research portfolio, paper drafting and writing and preparation of an oral presentation 


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.